A sexist rant by a far right Polish MEP has sparked an investigation by the European Parliament.
Janusz Korwin-Mikke, a former presidential candidate in Poland, said women are “weaker, they are smaller, they are less intelligent” than men.
In an attempt to support his claim, he added: “Do you know how many women are in the first hundred of chess players?”
“I tell you, no-one”.
European Parliament President Antonio Tajani announced there would be an investigation, that could lead to sanctions including a temporary suspension.
Fellow MEPs were left in shock during the debate at the European parliament.
Spanish MEP Iratxe Garcia-Perez was quick to hit back, saying: “According to your opinion, I shouldn’t have the right to be here as a Member of Parliament.
“And I know that it hurts you and bothers you that today women can sit in the House to represent citizens with the same rights as you.
“I am here to defend all European women from men like you.”
The 74-year-old is no stranger to controversy.
He was punished by the European Parliament last year for referring to immigrants as human rubbish.